Charges filed against Smithfield man suspected of evading deputies

Courtesy of the Cache County Jail

LOGAN — Multiple charges have been filed against Colton Zilles, the 19-year-old Smithfield man suspected of leading deputies on a high-speed chase last week. He remains in the Cache County Jail, being held without bail.

Court records show, Zilles appeared in 1st District Court by video on December 21. He has been charged with failing to stop at the command of law enforcement, a third-degree felony, and five other infractions or misdemeanors.

On December 17, deputies allege Zilles was seen speeding through Hyrum. When they tried to pull the suspect over, he began to speed away. A chase began with minimal traffic as the suspect failed to observe speed limits and traffic devices.

As the vehicle continued to Cache Junction it failed to navigate a turn, crashing into a tree. Zilles then reportedly left the scene and fled on foot.

Deputies set up a perimeter around the crash and brought in a K-9, that tracked Zilles to an abandoned farmhouse. He was found lying under a pile of clothing and was transported by paramedics to the hospital for treatment.

Court records show, Zilles had a warrant out for his arrest after he allegedly violated his probation. He had previously been convicted of criminal mischief and drug possession.

During Thursday’s court appearance, Zilles was found indigent and appointed a public defender. He was ordered to remain in jail and appear again in court January 3.

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